Environment Yale

Trees Shed Bad Rap as Accessories to Crime

“…trees may also help people on this block breathe easier in the sense that they can feel a little less worried about crime. Despite urban folklore that treats all vegetation as a hiding place for muggers, carjackers and drug dealers, new studies in three American cities—Baltimore, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia—suggest that the right trees in the right place can play a significant role in preventing crime and make even the worst neighborhoods feel safer…”

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